Review of Democratic Principles
Terms in this set (7)
Equality and Human Rights
All individuals are valued equally and have equal opportunities. Individuals may not be discriminated against because of their race, religion, ethnicity, language, gender or sexual orientation.
The Rule of Law
All are equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection of the law without discrimination. No one is above the law - this includes elected officials, the police and members of the military. Laws are enforced equally, fairly and consistently.
Free and Fair Elections
Elected representatives are chosen by the people in a free and fair manner. Elections are held regularly, usually every few years. Adult citizens have the right to vote and run for office regardless of gender or economic status. there are no obstacles to voting and no threats to citizens before or during an election.
Accountability and Transparency
Elected and appointed officials are responsible for their actions and are accountable to the people. Officials must make decisions and perform their duties according to the wishes of those they represent, not for themselves. People must be aware of the actions of government. Government holds public meetings for everyone. The press and public are kept informed.
This is more than a right - it's a responsibility. Participation can take the form of running for or voting in elections, paying taxes, attending community meetings or protesting. This builds a stronger democracy.
Society is comprised of people with different cultural backgrounds, who practice difference religions, form different races, have different gender identities or sexual orientations. The voices of these groups are valued. The rights of minorities are protected. Those who are not in power must be allowed to organize and share their opinions.
It is based on the freely expressed will of people and closely linked to the rule of law and exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
One of the universal and indivisible core values and principles of the United Nations.
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